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29 August 2023

In this recurring column, we highlight a few items we've run across that don't merit a full story of their own but are interesting enough to bring to your attention. This time we look at doomed arctic explorers, Conveyor Studio, the state of photography, a lightweight Micro Four Thirds kit and landscape photography tips.

  • Lost Photographs of Doomed Arctic Explorers will be auctioned at Sotheby's in London. The daguerreotypes were taken in 1845 of Sir John Franklin and his crew on the ill-fated HMS Erebus and Terror.
  • Heidi Volpe interviews Christina Labey and Jason Burstein of Conveyor Studio about publishing Moemoeā by Brendan George Ko, which includes photography, unique type design, illustration and an essay. "The digital age is what makes this all possible, from the Indigo (our digital offset press, which allows us to print books essentially on demand) to social media for sharing our projects or collaborating remotely with artists and contributors," they say. "But it does feel like the hours spent on the screen are endless and never enough, from answering emails, designing books, researching projects and documenting our work (studio photography and a lot of retouching)."
  • In Is Photography ... Ending?, Mike Johnston surveys the state of the art and industry and profession. "n sum: the art, craft and business of photography as we once knew it is in considerable decline, in terms of status and stature, practice, reward, it's place in society and in its conceptual underpinnings," he writes. "Things look grim." But he promises to summarize the up side shortly.
  • In When It's Bright, Pack Light, Derrick Story describes the lightweight Micro Four Thirds kit he used to photograph the Santa Rosa Marathon (which required him to do more than a little running around, too).
  • Dahlia Ambrose suggests a few Simple Landscape Photography Tips, including seven quick tips, the first of which is to make sure the horizon is straight.

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